Flickr-like tagging comes to Universal Hub

When you post an article on Universal Hub, you get lists of neighborhoods and topics so you can select which categories the article will appear in. Very handy.

But what if you want to post about something your slug of a site editor has yet to create a category for? Like, oh, Leominster? Or what if the categories aren't specific enough? Like, say, you want to post about something on the Orange Line, and the best you can find is "The T"?

Free tagging to the rescue!

From now on, when you post an article, you'll get a text box in which you can enter all the keywords you think apply to your article. Yes, just like Flickr. So say you want to post about some crazy person screaming at you on the Orange Line? OK, bad example, that would never happen, but work with me. Enter something like this in the Free Tagging box:

Orange Line, crazy people, screaming

When you post that article, voila, you've just created three new categories (unless they already exist, in which case, they'll be added to the categories). You can see all the "free" categories on the Categories page. As with other categories, each "free" category has its own RSS feed, so you'll be able to track all the postings about crazy people or whatever.


The Little Building

Dave takes interior and exterior photos of the Little Building, an Emerson dorm at Boylston and Tremont that was known as a City Under One Roof, back when it housed shops and offices:

The Little Building is significant as the theater district's best example of Modern Gothic, and as work by prominent Boston architect Clarence Blackall (1857-1942). It is also a well-preserved example of a less common building type, the office building/shopping arcade. Walter Muir Whitehill termed the Little Building "the most glamorous office building of the era of World War I."



Very barn-like

Durnell Avenue, Roslindale.


Early 20th-century blogging

Betsy's been looking over daily letters her great-grandfather sent family members after World War I:

... My sister and I discovered his "blog" tucked away in the pages of our father's baby-photo album--a series of short letters, written almost daily, that Judge Dubuque mailed home from his travels, addressed to his brand-new grandson. ...


More to blogging than A-List spit fights

David explains why he he won't be doing a point-counterpoint segment on MSNBC:

... I just couldn't face implicitly confirming the idea that the blogosphere consists of big voices arguing with one another - spit fights! - instead of 10 million real voices engaged in every variety of human conversation and delight.


Steve Buscemi at the Independent Film Festival

Brad has the photos. Cynthia has the review, both of Buscemi's talk and of his movie, "Lonesome Jim:"

I'm getting tired of watching movies that are merely twentysomething male fantasies written onto the screen. See Garden State. And if you have seen it, you don't really need to see Lonesome Jim. ...


Gotta be a better way

Charley had plenty of time today to ponder ways to get T buses to run more efficiently:

I waited 45 minutes for a #1 bus in the middle of the day today. Not cool. Then, of course, three line up right behind one another. Not a shiny happy people crowd on that first bus, let me tell you. Maybe it was the blizzard, I don't know. ...